Amber Heard has filed a formal complaint with the Virginia Court of Appeals to appeal the outcome of her multi-million dollar defamation case involving Johnny Depp.
Documents filed Thursday by the Aquaman star’s legal department claimed that mistakes made during the trial prevented a “just and fair judgment” from being rendered.
It comes shortly after Judge Penney Azcarate, who oversaw the six-week trial in Fairfax County District Court, dismissed Ms. Heard’s allegations of improper jury service.
“We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair trial consistent with the First Amendment,” a spokesman for the actress said after the filing was filed.
“We are therefore appealing the verdict.
“While we recognize that today’s filing will ignite the Twitter fires, we must take steps to ensure both fairness and justice.”
Ms Heard’s legal team previously claimed that “newly discovered facts and information” about the jury meant a mistrial should be declared.
Lawyers said that one of the people originally summoned to attend the trial failed to show up and was replaced by someone else.
They also previously argued that the June 1 ruling in Mr Depp’s favor was not supported by the evidence presented during the six-week trial.
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But Judge Azcarate said the jury issue was irrelevant and Ms Heard could not show she was biased.
Mr Depp is suing his former partner over a 2018 article she wrote for the Washington Post about her experiences as a domestic violence survivor, which his lawyers said they falsely accused him of being an abuser.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/amber-heard-files-official-notice-to-appeal-against-johnny-depp-ruling-41858547.html Amber Heard is filing an official complaint to appeal Johnny Depp’s verdict